On Set of Suicide Squad

‘Suicide Squad’: Director David Ayer Says ‘It’s All About Real Drama’

Love it or hate it, DC’s Cinematic Universe is less than a year from getting completely underway. What started in 2013’s Man Of Steel will be succeeded by Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice in March of 2016, and Suicide Squad in August of the same year. While Batman v Superman is pretty much 100 percent guaranteed to make back its money fairly quickly due to how recognizable the heroes are, Suicide Squad remains one of the bigger risks DC and Warner Bros. has taken recently.

For the first time, a film will be focusing solely on the villains. This flies in the face of what we normally see in superhero movies, and that DC is going this route may speak volumes about the different direction they are going compared to Marvel. While Marvel is very superhero-centric in their approach, DC making the extra effort to focus on their villains is a great differentiator, and Suicide Squad marks their first step in this direction.

Entertainment City had a chance to pop in on set of the highly anticipated Suicide Squad and talk with co-producer Andy Horwitz on what attracted him to the unique project, via Collider.

“It’s something different. I think this movie’s going to be a very edgy movie about bad guys that really are coming together to do a good thing. There are not a lot of superhero movies that have focused on the bad guy’s side of the story.”

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Suicide Squad in comic form.

But just because the film is looking to bring the edge to comic book movies, don’t assume Suicide Squad will be all style and no substance. DC made a point to hire Fury director David Ayer in hopes of bringing that extra human element to the screen. Ayer elaborated to Entertainment City on what brought him on board Suicide Squad.

“I’m all about real drama, real performance and real people, so my twist on this is I’m creating a family, I’m creating a brotherhood here. I’m creating a very real chemistry and I have this incredible ensemble of actors led by Will Smith who are basically playing dimensional characters with lives and souls.”

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and many others make up the ensemble that is the hard-edged Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X). The story follows a secret government agency that uses convicts to carry out top-secret “suicide” missions in exchange for clemency. Suicide Squad is still well over a year away, but that hasn’t stopped director David Ayer from teasing fans with pictures of the Suicide Squad, and of course, Jared Leto’s take as the Joker.

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[Image Credits: David Ayer, DC Comics]